Tales from the Pit by David G. Schwartz
Casino Table Games Managers in Their Own Words

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Dealing in a casino presents challenges and rewards not seen in many workplaces. With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake every minute, table games pits are high-stress workplaces. Managing a workforce of dealers and attending to the needs of players brings stresses of its own. In 2015, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s Center for Gaming Research received a grant from the UNLV University Libraries Advisory Board that enabled it to undertake an oral history project intended to capture the stories of table games managers, including both those currently working in the field and those who have retired. Drawn from these interviews, Tales from the Pit provides an overview of how the interviewees felt about a variety of topics, ranging from their experiences breaking in as new dealers to their transitions to management and the changes the industry has seen over their careers. The current and former managers speak candidly about the owners, bosses, dealers, and players who made each day challenging. This book illuminates the past several decades of casino history through the words of those who lived and made it.
 

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Published May 12, 2016 by UNLV Gaming Press. 300 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment.

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Nevertheless, the book could serve as a foil for great literature, she said, and help students explore the question: “What makes a book popular, and what makes a book a classic?”.

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But with the advent of cable TV, and lower-priced TV sets, everyone was able to get their own TV set…with kids usually heading-off to their own bedroom TV.

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Rich weaves the latest in neuro-linguistics into her memoir of India, allowing the reader to learn the science behind second language acquisition as she wades into Hindi.

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I originally approached it with some trepidation (it’s written by an academic, and in my experience most academic prose is eminently forgettable), but it’s a great book!

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* Flat 5, Hadj Hadj, his son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren: Because the son and daughter-in-law work, most of the action in flat 5 involves Hadj telling his grandchildren stories.

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As the Hughes roller coaster inches higher up the initial slope, Schumacher stops to describe “what Vegas saw” with a quick chronological survey of contemporary media coverage the Hughes Las Vegas years (1966-1970).

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